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Published January 8th 2019
Old school Chinese done well
Cantonese cuisine in Melbourne is about as common as your average-common-and-garden variety fish n chip shop. This has been the staple Chinese restaurant every suburb sees with classics (yawn) such as beef and black bean, lemon chicken, Singapore noodles and so on and so forth until the Sang Choy Bow at item no 249 on the menu.
Most such restaurants are passable but don't leave an enduring impression - unless it's a distinct feeling of being unimpressed. Ripples in Bentleigh though manages to offer up these traditional yum cha dishes but do so at a level high enough to justify the slightly higher price than one might expect.
Perfectly cooked flounder served with buttery steamed bok choi – I had little option but to consume the entire fish which wasn't small! Fortunately for a health nut such as myself, the fact it was steamed, a very lean fish and served with soy sauce and steamed greens only didn't lead to too much guilt.
Finding a good Chinese restaurant has been almost impossible for the last ten years as Melbourne suburbs have overloaded with Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean eateries, sushi shops, noodle boxes etc.
Chinese restaurants have all but disappeared!
â€śRipplesâ€ť sounds great - we will visiting it this week for sure!